Permanent Peace

Today’s Word:

“If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me”

 – Joan of Arc


On This Date…

Saint Joan of ArcOn May 30, 1432 Joan of Arc from Orleans, France, a commander in the army, was burned at the stake at age 19, found guilty of witchcraft and heresy. Joan’s mother and two brothers asked that her case be reviewed; Joan was found innocent of all charges in 1456. She was canonized in 1920; she is the patron of France and of those wrongly accused.

On May 30, 1868 Memorial Day was established as a day to remember the 618,222 Americans who had died in the Civil War (1861-1865). In 1959 Congress proclaimed Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. Since 1971 Memorial Day has be observed on the last Monday of May.

During her trial Joan of Arc was asked if she was in “the state of grace.” She replied, “If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me” – words of “permanent peace.”

– Father McLaughlin

The Feast of Saint Herman Joseph

On This Date…

Saint Herman Joseph

Saint Herman Joseph

On May 24, Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Saint Herman Joseph who died on the Thursday after Easter in 1241 at age 91. He entered the Norbertine Abbey of Steinfeld in Germany at age 12; after his priestly ordination he was assigned to work in the sacristy and dining room. He was described as humble, patient, friendly, obedient, and spiritual; he composed hymns and wrote a commentary on the Bible’s “Song of Songs.” He also made and repaired clocks. He spent his last Lent serving as chaplain to a convent of nuns, took ill, and died there; on May 21, 1241 his body was returned to his abbey where it rests today.

In 1958 Pope Pius XII gave Herman Joseph the title of “saint”. The following year, when Saint Norbert Hall was completed at Archmere, a statue of Saint Herman Joseph was placed in front of Saint Norbert Hall. His image has been incorporated in the 3-panel icon in the Oratory of Saint Norbert Hall. Norbertines honor Saint Herman Joseph as “patron of children and of students.”

– Father McLaughlin

Do You Love Me?

Today’s Word:

“Do you love me? Feed/tend lambs/sheep” (John 21:15-17)


On This Date…
UnknownOn May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children (ages 10, 9, 7) at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of 6 times in 5 months, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance, and world peace.

On May 13, 1963 Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42; he was the first member of Daylesford to die and is buried at Daylesford Abbey. He had taught math at Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia.

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome; after he recovered the pope met with the gunman, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000 Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11 and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10.

In today’s Gospel on “Friday the 13th,” Jesus asks Simon Peter 3 times, “Do you love me? Feed/tend lambs/sheep” (John 21:15-17). The 3 Fatima children, Father Michael McLaughlin, and Pope John Paul II – all did as Jesus asked.

– Father McLaughlin